mmdesh at UMICH.EDU
Wed Feb 12 15:59:25 EST 2003
This verse is also typically included in the many popular praata.hsmara.na collections of verses. I was taught to recite it as I was growing up.
> From: venkat at ciefl.ac.in
> Reply To: Indology
> Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2003 2:52 PM
> To: INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk
> Subject: pancakanya
> Nearly after 40 years later I hear the pancakanya sloka. My mother used to
> recite this before going to bed along with another (now I realize ) Sanskrit
> sloka to ward off snakes, scorpions and other harmful creatures. The verse,
> from memory run like this:
> Karakotakasya naagasya ...damayanti cha rutuparanasya
> rajarshi teerthanam kalinashanam
> and then
> Ahaylay draupadi kunti taara mandodari
> tatha pancakanya smare nityam mahapataknashanam
> These were recited five times before going to bed.
> I now realize that they have puranic sources.
> D. Venkat Rao
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